South Africa has seen past successes in stimulating growth in the renewable energy industry and facilitating additional capacity onto the national grid system, however, severe obstacles have stagnated this process in recent years.

In the current climate of pandemic and recession, South Africa will likely be looking to large, infrastructure-led programmes to stimulate economic recovery. Increasingly, ‘green’ stimulus packages which harness the opportunities presented by renewable energy technologies are being promoted by local and national institutions in the country.

This report presents the results of a study which unpacks some of the major political, institutional, regulatory and social barriers to renewable energy deployment in South Africa. It also provides some insight into proposed means of addressing these barriers to facilitate accelerated industrialisation in the renewable energy sector.